Cables are indispensable in this highly technological day and age. In the average household, you will find cables running between televisions sets, DVD players, desktop computers, speakers, and video projectors. And with the proliferation of mobile devices like tablet PCs, smartphones and laptops, charger cables are also essential in ensuring that suitable battery levels are maintained.
Outside of the home, cables have countless other applications in business and industrial settings. In work environments, they are found snaking behind computers, telephones, printer stations, and other electronic devices. Their primary role is to enable functions like communication, signal transmission, and instrumentation and control, and are essential components of transmission devices, multi-point and single-ended networks, and converters and repeaters. And in industrial sites, cables are necessary for a wide range of markets: electrical, factory automation, natural gas production, steel, refining and petrochemical, pulp and paper, and wind, power and solar generation.
Because they are must-haves in terms of various transmission operations, cables must be kept organized and out of the way to prevent interruptions and obstructions. And the best way to keep numerous and lengthy cables in order, in any space, is to utilize a cable clip.
What is it?
A cable clip is a device that manages wires and cables and secures them to a fixed point on a surface, like a wall, ceiling or floor. A wide range of cable clips is available to control cables of all sizes and shapes, in almost any number, in both home and industrial applications.
How does it work?
Generally, a cable clip contains two important components: one mechanism for gathering cables together securely, and another provision for holding the entire cable clip (along with the gathered cables) fast against a single spot on a surface so that the entire bundle stays in place. Some manufacturers design products so that these two mechanisms come separately, although combining them provides better utility and a number of advantages.
One particular type of cable clip is designed as a single piece of material (like plastic) to hold wires and cables on one end, while a hole is provided on another end through which a nail can be used to secure the clip to a wall or other surface. However, this type of cable clip may not be suitable for surfaces that should not be damaged by hammering a nail into them.
In such cases (especially for instances wherein securing the cables together is only meant to be temporary), another type of cable clip may be more appropriate — one that comes with an attached adhesive area that can be easily stuck to the surface without creating a hole or damaging it in another way. Once the cables can be let down, the cable clip can be simply removed.